FSNA's Executive Director Jean-Guy Soulière named Chair of the new National Seniors Council

    OTTAWA, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federal Superannuates National
Association (FSNA) is extremely pleased to acknowledge the appointment of its
Executive Director Jean-Guy Soulière to the position of Chair, National
Seniors Council.
    The National Seniors Council will advise the Government on seniors'
issues of national importance. It will help ensure that government policies,
programs, and services meet the evolving needs of seniors. The Council will
report to Human Resources and Social Development Minister Monte Solberg, as
lead Minister for Seniors, and to Health Minister Tony Clement, to reflect the
importance of health-related issues for older Canadians. The Ministers will be
supported through the leadership of Minister of State (Seniors) Senator
Marjory LeBreton, who will work closely with the Council in its day-to-day
    Mr. Soulière's appointment was announced earlier today at a news
conference attended by Minister Solberg, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Health Steven Fletcher, and Minister LeBreton.
    "Jean-Guy's appointment brings personal and professional pride," said
FSNA's National President Dennis Jackson. "I have worked closely with our
Executive Director over much of his 13-year tenure with FSNA and have
appreciated his very effective but non-confrontational approach to advocacy on
behalf of our members. His leadership has resulted in the extension of our
association advocacy into provincial forums and in our membership in the
Congress of National Seniors' Organization."
    The Congress is a coalition of 10 major national seniors organizations
representing more than 2 million older Canadians and for which Mr. Soulière
was the spokesperson. FSNA is a non-profit, non-partisan 155,000-member
organization that represents retirees from the federal Public Service, the
Canadian Forces, the RCMP, as well as retired federally appointed judges. It
advocates government action on issues of importance to its members,
specifically, and to older Canadians, in general.
    As a member of the Congress, FSNA had been advocating for the creation of
a federal seniors secretariat that could develop comprehensive policies,
programs, and activities for the benefit of Canada's aging population.
    Just last month, the Congress met with Minister LeBreton to discuss
issues of concern to seniors such as health and the environment, the
difficulty of dealing with such issues because of the split of
responsibilities between the provincial and federal governments, and the need
for the federal government to play a leadership role in this arena.
    FSNA is confident that the creation of the National Seniors Council is a
major step in ensuring that Canada is the best country in the world for all
segments of society, including older Canadians.

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